The UK Government defines County Lines as: “A term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other forms of ‘deal line’. They are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store the drugs and money and they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence (including sexual violence) and weapons.”
The Home Office has produced updated guidance regarding County Lines. It is primarily aimed at front line staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults. This includes professionals working in education.
If you are concerned about a young person, please call MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 01926 414144. You can also contact us at school and ask to speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team.